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Tigers use first-half run to spark win over Braves

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     Nevis used a 20-3 run in the first half to take the lead for good and hit 17 of 20 free throws down the stretch to seal a 70-57 boys basketball victory at Menahga Tuesday night.

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     A pair of inside baskets by Jordan Feder and a basket off a rebound by Gavin Becker gave Nevis a 6-2 lead before a 3-pointer by Bob Lusti, a jumper by Calvin Taylor and a 3-pointer by Aaron Rudquist gave the Braves a 12-10 lead with 9:59 to play in the first half.

     The Tigers used 3-pointers by Austin Becker and Michael Babler and three jumpers by Gavin Becker to spark a 14-1 run for a 24-13 advantage at the 5:03 mark.

     A layup by Feder and jumpers by Gavin Becker and Brett Byer pushed Nevis’ lead to 30-15 at the 3:03 mark before a pair of jumpers by Gavin Becker gave Nevis a 34-21 lead at the break. Austin Rudquist hit a pair of jumpers and two free throws for Menahga in the final 2:48 of the first half.

     Four jumpers by Austin Rudquist and two layups by Lusti pulled the Braves to within 42-33 with 8:56 to play. A layup and two free throws by Feder gave the Tigers a 46-33 cushion with 7:16 remaining.

     A 3-pointer by Aaron Rudquist and jumper by Austin Rudquist were offset by two layups by Byer and two free throws by Griffin Chase as the Tigers led 53-38 with 3:35 to play.

     Austen Schwartz hit back-to-back 3-pointers and followed with a jumper and Kyle Skoog scored inside as Menahga trailed 58-48 with 2:07 remaining.

     Griffin Chase and Austin Becker combined to hit 12 of 13 free throws down the stretch to preserve the lead. Austin Rudquist’s layup and 3-pointer and layups by Austen Schwartz and Darien Mickelson led the Braves in the final 1:21.

     Gavin Becker finished with 21 points and five assists; Feder scored 19 points and had two steals; Griffin Chase had 13 points, six rebounds and three assists; Austin Becker had eight rebounds; and Courtland Chase had five rebounds to lead the Tigers, who improved to 12-10.

     Austin Rudquist had 21 points and six rebounds, Austen Schwartz chipped in 10 points and four assists, Levi Schwartz pulled down seven rebounds and Jacob Kicker had three assists for the Braves, who fell to 13-10 with their fifth loss in a row.

     “This was a great road win for us in subsection play,” said Nevis head coach Scott Kramer. “I thought our kids played extremely well on both ends of the floor. We were able to take advantage of their half-court pressure, which allowed us to reverse the ball and get Feder some open looks on the block. Defensively we did a nice job on their dribble penetration and limited their 3-point looks.”

NEVIS: G. Chase 1 10-12 13, C. Chase 1 3-4 5, G. Becker 8 5-6 21, A. Becker 1 0-0 3, Feder 6 7-8 19, Babler 1 0-0 3, Spain-Brist 0 0-0 0, Byer 3 0-0 6. Totals: 21 (FG), 25 for 30 (FT).

MENAHGA: A. Schwartz 4 0-0 10, Lusti 3 0-0 7, Skoog 1 1-4 3, Au. Rudquist 9 2-3 21, L. Schwartz 1 2-3 4, Hrdlicka 0 0-0 0, Aa. Rudquist 3 0-0 8, Kicker 0 0-0 0, Mickelson 1 0-0 2, Taylor 1 0-0 2. Totals: 23 (FG), 5 for 10 (FT).

Halftime: Nevis 34, Menahga 21. Three-pointers: G. Chase 1, A. Becker 1, Babler 1, A. Schwartz 2, Lusti 1, Au. Rudquist 1, Aa. Rudquist 2. Team fouls: Nevis 11, Menahga 21. Rebounds: Menahga 21 (L. Schwartz 7, Au. Rudquist 6, Mickelson 2, Kicker 2, A. Schwartz 1, Aa. Rudquist 1, Lusti 1, Skoog 1). Assists: Menahga 7 (A. Schwartz 4, Kicker 3). Steals: Menahga 6 (Au. Rudquist 2, A. Schwartz 2, Lusti 1, Hrdlicka 1). Blocked shots: Menahga 4 (Taylor 3, Hrdlicka 1). Turnovers: Menahga 8.

Bertha-Hewitt tops Braves

     Bertha-Hewitt avenged a 68-49 loss to the Braves on Jan. 14 with a 58-51 win last Friday night.

     Austin Rudquist had 13 points and three steals, Levi Schwartz grabbed eight rebounds and Austen Schwartz had seven assists for the Braves, who fell to 7-5 in the conference.

     B-H improved to 4-8 in conference play and 6-18 overall.

MENAHGA: Au. Rudquist 5 3-5 13, L. Schwartz 4 0-0 8, Meyer 2 3-4 7, A. Schwartz 2 2-2 6, Skoog 3 0-1 6, Lusti 1 2-2 5, Aa. Rudquist 1 1-2 4, Taylor 1 0-0 2, Kicker 0 0-0 0, Hillukka 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 for 57 (FG), 11 for 16 (FT).

Three-pointers: Lusti 1, Aa. Rudquist 1. Rebounds: Menahga 25 (L. Schwartz 8, Au. Rudquist 6, Meyer 4, Aa. Rudquist 3, Lusti 2, Skoog 1, Taylor 1). Assists: Menahga 9 (A. Schwartz 7, Skoog 1, Aa. Rudquist 1). Steals: Menahga 10 (Au. Rudquist 3, A. Schwarz 2, Skoog 2, Aa. Rudquist 2, Lusti 1). Team fouls: Menahga 21. Fouled out: L. Schwartz. Turnovers: Menahga 10.

Braves open playoffs at home

     Menahga received the No. 4 seed in the north and will open the Section 5A tournament by hosting No. 5 Parkers Prairie Thursday night at 7.

     The winner of that game will most likely play No. 1 Browerville next Saturday night at 6 at Wadena. Wadena will host the north title game March 4 at 7 p.m. while Crosby will host the Section 5A championship game March 7 at 7 p.m.

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